For those of us who call Greater Palm Springs home, we don’t have to travel far to totally get away. After all, where else do you find swaying palm trees, breathtaking mountain views and endless sun-kissed skies right outside your front door?
And with a variety of outstanding resorts offering great rates, world-class attractions for all ages and crave-worthy restaurants throughout our nine cities, this SoCal oasis is the ultimate staycation destination.
Planning a staycation is the perfect way to relax and unwind while saving time and money. There’s no need to stress about getting to the airport or spend hours on the road when you can be sipping chilled cocktails, poolside, in under 30 minutes. Plus, you’ll get to see your home in a whole new way, whether you embark on a sightseeing tour, dine under the palms or spend all day just soaking up the sun. Who knows, you may even find a new favorite taco spot or happy hour.
Find your oasis in your own backyard with this guide to the perfect Greater Palm Springs staycation.
What to Do
Hang by the Pool at The Saguaro Palm Springs
Nothing beats catching some rays at the beautiful Saguaro Hotel & Pool in Palm Springs. This bright and colorful hotel features newly updated rooms, in-room dining and a refreshing swimming pool. Make your staycation extra special by booking one of their new pool cabanas complete with a stocked mini-fridge, dedicated server, 40-inch HD television, six-speed adjustable fan and more.
Looking to sip, swim and lounge? Their pool bar serves everything from punches and boozy frozen drinks to fresh fruit and snacks. Grab a good book and your favorite shades and lay back to enjoy the view.
Play Tennis at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Work on your backspin at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa's pristine tennis courts. Their Peter Burwash International (PBI) managed tennis courts have been ranked by tennisresortsonline.com as one of the top 10 tennis resorts in the world. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, there's something for everyone to love.
With plenty of equipment rentals, all you need to bring is your desire to hit a few balls and practice your tennis skills. Make it a weekend staycation by booking your stay at the resort and enjoy a variety of luxe amenities, plus an hour of free hardcourt play and two rental racquets per room, per day.
Splash Around at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Dive in and feel refreshed at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. This modern resort's newest attraction—HyTides Plunge Waterpark—is nothing short of spectacular. Zip down dueling, 30-foot water slides (the tallest in Greater Palm Springs). Float down a 450-foot lazy river. Or play with the kids in the splash pad.
Book an unforgettable staycation at this stunning property and enjoy spacious rooms with dazzling views, cocktails by the pool and much more. Now through September 30, California residents can take advantage of their 25% off deal when booking their stay.
Explore Wildlife at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Discover the wonders of the world’s deserts without ever leaving Greater Palm Springs. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, established in 1970, aims to provide desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation and is ranked in the top 1% of all attractions in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.
This nonprofit zoo is home to a variety of fascinating creatures, from bearded dragons and bobcats to giraffes and jaguars. Their newest exhibit, Australian Adventures, features animals from the land down under, including bouncing Bennett's wallabies, playful emus and singing kookaburra. Enjoy immersive experiences such as animal encounters, discover native flora on a nature walk and get the chance to feed a giraffe!
View Midcentury Modern Architecture
Among many things, Greater Palm Springs is known for its remarkable midcentury modern architecture. Annual events such as Modernism Week in February and Modernism Week Fall Preview in October have really showcased the beauty of this style of design, attracting a subculture of modernist admirers and enthusiasts.
Explore a new side of your hometown by booking a guided tour with Palm Springs Mod Squad. You’ll stroll through historic midcentury modern neighborhoods, learn all about the architects who designed iconic homes such as Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate and the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, and gain insight into what has influenced this movement.
Where to Stay
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Greater Palm Springs has no shortage of outstanding places to stay. From all-inclusive luxe resorts to charming boutique hotels there's something for everyone looking to book a memorable staycation (even on a budget). With extraordinary hotel amenities, amazing deals and a destination pledge to make visitors' and residents' safety their top priority, these Greater Palm Springs hotels are guaranteed to make your staycation extra special.
What to Eat
From street tacos and perfectly cooked steak to mouthwatering pizzas and farm-fresh vegan eats, the flavors of Greater Palm Springs offer something for every appetite. Order takeout or delivery from your favorite place and dine in the comfort of your hotel room, or enjoy dinner al fresco under swaying palm trees and awe-inspiring mountain views. Whatever your preference, this culinary oasis never disappoints!
Make the most out of your dream staycation by exploring more attractions in our nine cities with this guide on 10 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs this Summer.